Betrayal On Behalf Of Bitdefender
I have GWX Control Panel on constant watch in preventing to the download and installation of KB3035583 and its cronies, which have been regarded by many as tantamount to PUP/trojan horse/malware. This afternoon I was alerted by popup notification that Bitdefender intervened without MY permission, bypassed MY preferences set in GWX Control Panel and enabled Windows 10 Upgrades. Upon going back in to GWX Control Panel, I attempted to disable Windows 10 Upgrades to no avail. The result was also the same in Never10.
Regardless of how many times I clicked disable in GWX Control Panel, wuauserv kept restarting. I have now been forced to completely manually disable wuauserv in the Services control panel, so that it won't automatically start with Windows. This is only a small victory of part of a bigger battle; the protection of my privacy, my preferences and my consumer rights against the invasive and uncaring whim of the faceless corporate monolith that is Micro$haft. I never accepted their EULA for Windows 10 and never will, and I shouldn't be forced to by my choice of AV.
At the end of all this however, I feel as if my trust has been betrayed by Bitdefender, as it went out of its way to ignore my preferences and do unscrupulous things like this behind my back, all without my prior, express permission, and wouldn't let me exercise my choices and preferences afterwards unless I took extreme measures. I shouldn't have to take extreme measures. I should be being protected against snooping malicious software with prying eyes.
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